A giant is defined as a being with human form but superhuman size and strength. The 24 Giants honored at Huber’s as part of the fifth annual “Giants in Faith” Celebration on Aug. 28 fit that description. The thing is their superhuman size and strength comes from above.
Because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the 24 honorees are “Giants” in their communities.
The celebration is organized by the Interfaith Community Council and has drawn as many as 400 people, with this year’s crowd estimated at more than 350.
This year’s “Giants” came from different denominations and different walks of life, but they have one major thing in common – faith!
Some had their names submitted as “Giants” because of their work on back-to-school drives for under-privelaged kids, others did free counseling and some have gone on more than 20 mission trips.
Roxanne Haley of Greenville, works as business administrator for the Salvation Army of Southern Indiana and is heavily involved in the community.
Bill Stites of New Albany worships at Wesley Chapel, He retired from medical sales with GE but is now a bus driver for special needs children.
“He is and a tireless servant, seeing needs and rounding up people to get the job done,” said Interfaith’s Executive Director Christine Harbeson during the celebration.
Hank Henize of Palmyra, who worships at Greenville Christian Church retired from Ford Motor Co. He’s done missions work in the Phillipines, Russia, Caymen Islands, Tennessee. He is also chaplain at Westminster where he preaches and gives seminars for ministers.
The list goes on and on.
The honorees, who live or worship in Floyd County and represent 15 churches of several denominations, are: Father Eric Augenstein, Karen Conrad, Charlotte Crockett, Linda Cunningham, Haley, Henize, John Hoffman, Chad and Monica Hunter, Becky Jaenichen, Virginia Kane, Mary Latimer, Susan Parr, Doris Mappes, Daniel Mecier, Ladonne Patterson, Donna Poe, Ron Reese, Steve Seitz, Stites, Lois Theiss, Jim Vaughan, Alia Whitman, and Debbie Witten.
The celebration was created in 2007 to recognize these Christian giants in the present, not after they are gone, and to encourage others to likewise be Jesus with skin on, according to ‘Giants’ co-chair Jim Kanning.
That first-ever celebration was a huge success, he said.
Interfaith Community Council is a Christ-focused ministry that has been serving Floyd County since 1964.
The council acts a bridge between local churches and the community. Some of the programs Interfaith is part of is Adopt-A-Family, seasonal assistance including providing fans, heaters and window units for the elderly and disabled.
The council is also involved in clothing programs, works with food pantries and also helps local families avoid utility disconnection as well as eviction and many more things.”
“Interfaith reaches all parts of the community, but we certainly don’t do it alone,” Harbeson said in the celebration program. “When God’s servants work together, there’s nothing we can’t do.”
For additional information about “Giants” or anything that Interfaith is doing, call Carol Kannapel at Interfaith Community Council at (812) 948-9248/Ext. 1804 or Harbeson at Ext. 1800.